Author Archives: Ann

About Ann

Ann Stanley has practiced massage and craniosacral therapy in Bend Oregon for the past nine years. She incorporates myofascial release and lomi-lomi techniques into her massage. She is writing a novel, plays the flute and piano and has a Ph D in applied mathematics. She did research for many years on mathematical models for the spread of infectious diseases, first at Los Alamos National Laboratory and then at Iowa State University.

How often should you get massage?

Until recently, your massage therapist relied upon her or his experience to give you guidance. I’ve usually been reluctant to recommend that clients with come more than once a week, no matter what their issue, partly because of the expense, … Continue reading

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Massage for headaches originating in the neck

Many headaches, especially those which are one-sided, are caused by neck tension or problems with the cervical spine. The technical term for this is a cervicogenic headache. The pain is actually referred from the neck to the head. They are … Continue reading

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The joy of an open access article

Most of you are probably not science nerds like me, but I was searching on google scholar for research articles on acupuncture published in 2013 or later and found one immediately onĀ  PLOS| One, which is an open access journal. … Continue reading

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The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

This is an informative article about some amazing research which shows the connection between bad childhood experiences and health and other problems in adults, including obesity, COPD, alcoholism, and chronic depression. It’s well written, and I think everyone should read … Continue reading

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Try Acupuncture for Low Back Pain

A recent meta analysis of research studies on acupuncture published in the journal Spine found that acupuncture may help with nonspecific chronic low back pain [2013, 38(24):2124-2138] (here’s the abstract). Although the wording in the conclusion sounds skeptical, in fact, … Continue reading

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Stress

We have all heard that stress is a killer, but you may not know some of the ramifications of living with constant stress. Because your body doesn’t function properly when you’re tense for hours and days on end, you can … Continue reading

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Is Fructose Safe?

The bottom line, according to a an article in the December 2011 issue of Acupuncture Today, is no, especially not in the quantities that the average person eats these day (an average of 28 teaspoons (over a half a cup) … Continue reading

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It isn’t the lactic acid

I am often asked by my massage clients what massage is doing to their muscles. One of their common misconceptions, especially when they have recently over-exercised and their muscles are sore, is that it is removing lactic acid from their … Continue reading

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Why sitting is so bad for your back and what to do about it

In today’s world, many people sit all day, often at a computer. This can be awful for your back. I just found this fabulous blog at Healing Yew about why, with tips for preventing back pain when you have to … Continue reading

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Hard work and miracles

This past week, I did a one hour private session with Dr. Vance Bonner, and I have to tell you that it was amazing. I’ve had the great good fortune of studying with Dr. Bonner, the inventor of Structural Reprogramming, … Continue reading

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